Student Organizations,

During 2012-2013 we experienced significant difficulties with student organization website that are on a particular server. As a result of these difficulties we are moving all student organizations site off of this server and decommissioning the server. If your organization uses a web site with a url similar to http://studentorg.unc.edu/GROUPNAME then your organization needs to create a new site at WEB.UNC.EDU by Tuesday October 1, 2013 at 8:00 pm.

The Office of Student Organizations has informed primary contacts of this impending change since January 2013. The previous message referenced below was shared on multiple occasions during the Spring 2013 semester. We have extended this deadline until October 1, 2013 at 8:00 pm. but after that time all sites with a similar url to the one above will go offline and the servers will be decommissioned.

Please begin moving your site to the WEB.UNC.EDU environment IMMEDIATELY.

Please email studentlife@unc.edu if you have additional questions at this time.

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Subject Line: Support for Mambo and Joomla Sites Discontinued as of June 30, 2013

About 6 years ago the Mambo and Joomla platform was developed for student organizations as an alternative to static websites and provide a consolidated calendar called slice.unc.edu.

A few years ago, a third party solution was purchased (studentlife.unc.edu) to manage student groups and provide a platform for groups to collaborate and post events which replaced slice.unc.edu. In addition, over that past couple of years a better solution evolved on campus to address website needs, which is a secure and scalable WordPress multi-site instance at web.unc.edu. The WordPress solution is more secure and less vulnerable to hacks, SPAM and module conflicts than the Joomla platform.

Please note that support for the Mambo and Joomla platforms will discontinue as of June 30, 2013; therefore, it is recommended that student organizations migrate websites to web.unc.edu prior to this time.

Although Student Affairs and ITS will not be directly migrating websites for student groups, documentation is available to facilitate the process at https://web.unc.edu/documentation. Please note that web.unc.edu is a growing community supported effort and students are invited to use the service and be as active in its ongoing growth and support. One way for members of student organizations to be engaged is to use and participate in discussions on web.unc.edu’s online forums at http://forum.web.unc.edu/forums.

Following are some instructions to help facilitate the migration of your student organization website to web.unc.edu:• Verify if your Student Organization already has a website on your organization page at http://studentlife.unc.edu.